Mercy on the Hurting

Suppose that each of us had a little red light on the top of our heads.  Further suppose that whenever we are feeling beaten down by the injustice of another, that little red light started to blink.

What do you think?  Do you think there then would be mercy in the world as we, each of us, responded to the one whose light-of-pain was going off?

We all kind of hide behind a veneer of civility—well dressed, well mannered….and sometimes dying even a little bit inside.

No one sees the “dying even a little bit inside” because it is hidden.  Others really do not want to see it……It is an inconvenience to see it.

Yet, it is there…..for all of us at one time or another.

That little blinking red light would be a sign to us that we are all hurting.  It would be a concrete sign that mercy is necessary….even more so than civility.

That little red light would be our teacher….and perhaps soften our hearts…..and help us to learn that offering mercy should be our first response, not our last one after we all dress up in our finery, with our impeccable manners…..that keep the hurting invisible to us.

Try to see that little blinking red light on the top of each person’s head today even if it is not there.  Try to see it anyway.


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  1. Amanda says:

    What a clever idea. Yes, we do need concrete reminders that our neighbors are walking around with hurting hearts. So, even if there is no real concrete reminder, we must look beyond the concrete and safely assume that most whom we meet are hurting.

  2. Harriet M. says:

    It would be nice to be able to do this with other people. It would be the best if I did it for others and they then did it for me, too. I think the world would be a better place.

  3. Juan says:

    This makes me smile. Just the idea of this bright light shows how we all wounded and need some sympathy. I am still smiling.

  4. Marta says:

    We have to see beyond the physical characteristics of each person. The unseen and non-physical are more important anyway.

  5. Brian says:

    If we train our hearts and minds strongly enough then we will not need those surgically-implanted lights as our reminder. We will see beyond the flashing light to the soul.


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